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Based on 4 Reviews
Reviewed On: 06/21/2008
What distinguishes this metronome from others )as far as I know( is the option of the human )synthesized( voice counting out loud - not only 1-2-3, but 1-and-2-and, 1-and -a, 2-and-a etc. For professionals working on difficult subdivisions it is especially helpful, and for students who cant keep track of the number of beats in a measure it is invaluable.The down side of this option is that the sound of the voice is a caricature of your worst nagging martinet of a teacher....Yet my students get a big kick out of it when I bring her out at lessons!
Yes | 523 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 12/12/2007
I use the DB 90 all the time when I practice. I like the voice option that helps me stay on the beat. I would however recommend the optional AC adapter and not depend on the batteries
Yes | 602 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 09/17/2007
My daughter (the musician) seems satisfied with the product. Lots of features. They seems to work. I, however, would like to call your attention to the fact that the documentation states that you can expect a pathetic 6 hours of service from an alkaline 9v battery. Our experience suggests that this is too optimistic. When the battery runs down, the device shuts off (if you're lucky). Or it just starts behaving erratically. Very erratically. Our previous metronome (far fewer functions) got twenty times the service out of two tiny triple-A batteries. Hire some better engineers, Boss!
Yes | 794 people found this review helpful
Reviewed On: 08/09/2007
I shelled out the $159 for the DB90 after a year suffering with the Intelli Programmable Metronome (which I've reviewed on this site), and despite its wallet-lightening price tag, this metronome is a great value. Every professional orchestral percussionist I know uses either this model, or my personal favorite, the DB66. This is for two primary reasons. First, the highest volume setting on the DB90 is ear-splittingly loud (perfect for practicing Berio/Wagner/Bartok/etc, or using in a chamber music setting), far surpassing any I have tried. Secondly, the ability to program in changing meters/tempi is extraordinarily helpful, especially when dissecting contemporary music. Only two aspects of the DB90 could use improvement: 1) This is a very large metronome and will take up quite a bit of space in your case/bag, and 2) the "case" that comes with the DB90 is a pleather-like open top envelope with no clasp that will do little more than keep it from getting scratched (if it stays in there at all). These are small inconveniences for what is otherwise a great piece of equipment.
Yes | 720 people found this review helpful